Peterborough to join elite group to help shape cities of the future

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Peterborough is to join an exclusive group of cities to head a new initiative to promote sustainability.

The project is called the Cities Standard Institute (CSI) and representatives from Peterborough will sit alongside their counterparts from London, Bristol, Glasgow and Birmingham.

The CSI will set the standards for what cities need to do to be considered “smart”.

Smart cities are urban areas that are highly advanced in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, communications and market viability.

In 2012 Peterborough was awarded £3 million to become a Future Cities Demonstrator – an initiative to showcase how a city of the future might work more effectively, efficiently and sustainably.

Since then the Peterborough DNA project has been creating a step-change in how the city works, by generating economic growth and creating a smarter, more sustainable city for its residents.

DNA programme director and acting chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough, Steve Bowyer said: “Over the past two years we have been working with local businesses, residents, communities and third sector organisations, to deliver Peterborough DNA to shape a more joined-up, sustainable, smarter city.

“The invitation to join the Cities Standard Institute is a testament to the success of the DNA programme and its demonstration of the tangible benefits from ‘smart city’ approaches.

He added: “This new partnership puts Peterborough at the forefront of shaping national smart city policy and will see us share our knowledge and skills with cities across the country.”